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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 2, 2008 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: {Ignore this post...non-sense] ..".I came upon an empty space...."(?)

Jerrob Hungar: I was hoping that someone would find the "Down the Road" reference... I glad it was you. Are you aware of the story behind the composition of that verse?

Thanks a lot for the journal link: "Who will walk it is a mystery, but it will be no chance alliance."

The empty space of my so-called "life" has been immensely enriched by meeting both you and ganges along the Way (cool insight by ganges earlier, hey?),
--- AshesRising

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 3, 2008 4:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: {Ignore this post...non-sense] ..".I came upon an empty space...."(?)

Dear AshesRising,
It seems so long ago now, when I was sitting in my office at work, playing with this mysterious new resource called the Internet and I remember feeling like a child with a fantastic new toy. The joy of exploration and discovery. I distinctly remember typing 'Grateful Dead' in the search box and my excitement growing as the results scrolled back like a revelation. I think it was 'Deadshow' I clicked on first and lost my breath when I saw the treasures displayed there. It was as though a warm and powerful light was shining on and within me. And to this day I still feel blessed that I found the Grateful Dead and they found me.
I still get affirmation of this feeling from the kindred souls that visit here, especially yours, Ashes. Thank you.

No I'm not aware of the story behind that verse. Other than the notes on Clearlight about the Martin Luther King verse and the account of the Further '99 show (wonder if there's a recording of that show somewhere), I don't know much about the song, except that the words are brimming with emotion. Haven't even heard the song, I'm sorry to say.

I hope you'll indulge me a little more because I just want to throw in a mention of Leaving Terrapin. This is another song which I've never heard except in my imagination. I find the words very moving (including the original version) and have always wondered why it was never played. I imagine this was one time the music faltered and Jerry's muse refrained from shining some light.

'Although the stars have shifted,
we're not lost
The wind alone itself
decides our course
Seems such a long time
since we saw any land
but a seabird brought
this olive branch
and dropped it in my hand'